Come Sunday, July 21, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will induct this year's new class of members. There will be six new honorees of Cooperstown, including Harold Baines, the late Roy Halladay, Mike Mussina, Edgar Martinez, Mariano Rivera and Lee Smith. As part of a service to the community, we wanted to provide a primer ahead of the weekend's event.
The MLB trade deadline is steadily approaching, and many front office execs are wondering whether or not their team should buy or sell leading up to July 31. Is it really worth trading potential franchise prospects for a rental player?
Maybe it's something in the low-altitude Bronx air. On the night the Colorado Rockies visited Yankee Stadium for the first time in four seasons, a trio of former Rockies showed up, showed out and proved why the New York Yankees felt it was smart to acquire all three of them earlier this year. "It felt really good," current Yankees reliever and former Rockie Adam Ottavino said following New York's 8-2 win Friday night. "Everybody wants to perform well against familiar people."
The starters for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game were revealed late last month after fan voting, and the full AL and NL rosters have been known for more than a week. But, on Monday, we learned exactly how the starting lineups will look for the Midsummer Classic in Cleveland.
An intriguing mix of proven sluggers and rising stars will meet in the 2019 MLB Home Run Derby on Monday at 8 p.m. ET. The 2019 Home Run Derby bracket, seeded Nos. 1-8, includes 33-year-old third baseman Carlos Santana, who has home-field advantage at Progressive Field in Cleveland. He's listed at 7-1 Home Run Derby odds and will be one of the veterans trying to hold off youngsters like Ronald Acuna Jr. (age 21), Pete Alonso (24) and Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who is the youngest participant ever in this event at 20. Sportsbooks list Pirates slugger Josh Bell, who has 27 homers this season, as the favorite at 7-2 in the current 2019 Home Run Derby odds after Christian Yelich withdrew with a back injury.
Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Odúbel Herrera was suspended without pay by Major League Baseball for the remainder of the season because he violated baseball's domestic violence policies, MLB said Friday. Commissioner Rob Manfred said the suspension is retroactive to June 24 and will cover 85 games and any postseason games the Phillies play.
Oakland Athletics pitcher Frankie Montas has been suspended 80 games after testing positive for Ostarine, a performance-enhancing substance banned by MLB’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program, the league announced Friday.
The Rays have received permission from Major League Baseball's executive council to explore a plan in which they would play home games in both the Tampa Bay area and Montreal, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday.
The right-hander's track record speaks for itself.
Wednesday brought us a slightly abbreviated 14-game slate of big-league action, as the Twins and Brewers are both enjoying a day off. A potential World Series preview concluded in Houston with one team reeling with injuries and the other reeling in the W-L category coming in. A three-time defending division champion came in down 10 games in said division but is seeing some good signs on offense while a rookie got a pretty rude welcome against a storied franchise. Oh, and the Giants lost to the Marlins, making it an MLB-worst seven consecutive losses. That and more in our nightly roundup. Let's get to it.
Cincinnati Reds infielder Derek Dietrich likes to admire his handiwork. Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster John Wehner made it clear he does not at all appreciate it. Wehner went on Pittsburgh’s 93.7 The Fan Morning Show ahead of Tuesday’s game at the Great American Ballpark and took the 29-year-old to task saying his grandfather, a former Pirates minor league coach, would be embarrassed of his grandson and be “rolling in his grave every time this guy hits a home run.”
A long-standing phrase in the baseball lexicon has been that we can't really judge a team until we've seen 40 games. It makes sense and lines up with all the "it's early" talk we've been painstakingly enduring here to this point. Now that the league is right around the 40-game mark -- some have a few more games played, some have fewer -- I see a pretty fun likelihood: There is no clear-cut No. 1 team.
Thursday occasioned the holy day of obligation known as Opening Day, and we provided you with the blow-by-blow (as we'll do for every day of the season). Since Opening Day means that every team winds up temporarily winless or undefeated (minus the occasional Japan Series participants), conditions are always ideal for snap judgments. So let us make some of those! We'll do so with a focus on four Opening Day performers in particular. Onward.
Boston Red Sox knuckleballer Steven Wright was suspended 80 games on Wednesday after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance. Major League Baseball said Wright tested positive for growth-hormone-releasing peptide 2 (GHRP-2).
The Phillies landed their superstar in Bryce Harper for 13 years, but there's another major name tied to Philadelphia. The Angels' Mike Trout is a big Philadelphia sports fan, and he'll be a free agent in 2021. While Trout -- a once in a generation player -- will command even more than Harper's $330 million and could well end up being baseball's first $400 million player, Harper believes that the Phillies could land the player widely regarded as the best in baseball.
The league is actively working to prevent minor leaguers from earning even minimum wage in spring training.
The Yankees, Red Sox and Astros the top contenders in the top-heavy American League, while the National League is wide open.
We’re a week into the exhibition season. My heart is telling me to draw definitive conclusions from some of the stuff we’ve seen, my brain is telling me to ignore everything, and my stomach is telling me to seek out the new foot-long bratwurst they’re serving at the Brewers’ park.
Harper's free agency has finally ended with him in Philadelphia
Philadelphia made it clear that it wanted to go bold this offseason. After months of waiting, the strategy finally paid off with a $330 million deal that makes Harper the highest-paid free agent in baseball history.